Events Calendar

Conferences/public lectures

The Centre normally holds 3 one-two day conferences in the academic year, and may host others,  as well as offering public lectures.  The Stephen Copley lecture is held annually, and CECS staff have given papers for the York Festival of Ideas.

Research Seminars

Where the CECS community of staff and students gather to hear and debate the latest research about the eighteenth century. And maybe continue the discussion at a local hostelry. Centre research seminars are held regularly in term time on Tuesdays at 4.30pm in KG/07 at the King's Manor.

Postgraduate Forum

The CECS Postgraduate Forum is a student-lead interdisciplinary research group that meets to listen to and discuss papers from fellow York postgrads, students from other universities, and visiting professors, in a relaxed and friendly environment.


Forthcoming Events


Crusoe at 300: Adaptations, Afterlives & Futures

The sixth biennial meeting of the Defoe Society


A Contemporary Robinsonade

Peter Robinson (University of Reading) reads from The Constitutionals: A Fiction (2019) and discusses the praxis of adaptation

Previous events

Prudence or Pathology? The Figure of the Miser in the Eighteenth-Century Money It-Narrative

Tuesday 18 June 2019

CECS Postgraduate Forum with Charmaine Falzon (Queen Mary University of London)

Art as Commodities / Commodities as Art: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Friday 14 June 2019

This conference will demonstrate the centrality of markets to art’s modern cultural ascendancy, while also recasting art objects as bodies of knowledge and vehicles of cultural exchange through networks of global trade.

The Aesthetics of Autonomy

Tuesday 11 June 2019

CECS Postgraduate Forum with Marte Stinis (University of York)

Festival Film Screening: Peterloo

Sunday 9 June 2019

Join us for a special Festival screening of Mike Leigh’s epic film Peterloo.

Peterloo: Mike Leigh in conversation

Sunday 9 June 2019

Join Mike as he discusses the film and its making.